Country Digest

Countries that have never won an Olympic medal

No Olympic Medals Countries map

Did you know that 75 countries have never won an Olympic medal? That’s more than a third of the countries taking part in this year’s Rio Olympic Games.

As the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics approaches, spare a thought for the Olympians from 75 brave, valiant countries who participate in every games but have never won an Olympic medal.

Update: Fiji and Kosovo have both broken their Olympic duck by winning Gold Medals at Rio. See our Olympic Per Capita Medal Table for more details. 

Of the record 206 nations who will be competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, 75 have not yet managed to claim a spot on the medal table. They range from tiny Nauru, the smallest country in the Olympics 2016 and the smallest country in the world (population: 10,084), all the way up to Bangladesh which, with its population of 161,128,212, is the eighth largest country in the world. Take a look at the map above and the table at the end of this post for the complete list.

The Rio Olympic Games marks the first opportunity for two new countries – Kosovo and South Sudan – to compete in the Olympics. South Sudan aren’t fancied to win a medal, but Kosovo does have a realistic hope of picking up a medal through Malinda Kelmendi. She is the current world champion, is a strong contender for an Olympic judo title.

Other countries without Olympic medals that are hoping to break their duck in Brazil are Fiji (Rugby Sevens), El Salvador (Swimming), Samoa (Rugby Sevens) , and Turkmenistan (Weightlifting).

The table below lists all of the countries that have not won a medal at any Olympic Games – summer or winter.

CountrySummer GamesWinter GamesTotal Games
 Monaco19928
 San Marino13922
 Andorra101121
 Bolivia13518
 Nepal12416
 Myanmar16016
 Malta15116
 Fiji13316
 Mali12012
 Madagascar11112
 Bosnia and Herzegovina6612
 Nicaragua11011
 Liberia11011
 Honduras10111
 Congo11011
 Chad11011
 Cayman Islands9211
 Belize11011
 Swaziland9110
 Sierra Leone10010
 Lesotho10010
 Guinea10010
El Salvador10010
 British Virgin Islands8210
 Benin10010
 Albania7310
 Papua New Guinea909
 Malawi909
 Libya909
 Jordan909
 DR Congo909
 Central African Republic909
 Antigua and Barbuda909
 The Gambia808
 Somalia808
 Solomon Islands808
 Seychelles808
 Samoa808
 Rwanda808
 Oman808
 Mauritania808
 Laos808
 Guam718
 Equatorial Guinea808
 Cambodia808
 Burkina Faso808
 Bhutan808
 Bangladesh808
 Angola808
 American Samoa718
 Vanuatu707
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines707
 Maldives707
 Cook Islands707
 Aruba707
 Yemen606
 Dominica516
 Turkmenistan505
 São Tomé and Príncipe505
 Saint Lucia505
 Saint Kitts and Nevis505
 Palestine505
 Nauru505
 Guinea-Bissau505
 Comoros505
 Cape Verde505
 Timor-Leste314
 Palau404
 Federated States of Micronesia404
 Brunei404
 Kiribati (KIR)303
 Tuvalu (TUV)202
 Marshall Islands (MHL)202
 South Sudan (SSD)Not yet competed
 Kosovo (KOS)Not yet competed

Source

/* ]]> */